Inspired by the vision of Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, Suffield’s state-of-the-art lifestyle center is called The Balance Barn. Located on the western part of campus next to the Courtney Robinson ’88 Leadership Center, the barn offers yoga, pilates, and Barre classes, along with a meditation loft for reflection.
This is a building and series of programs for every student—those familiar with these activities and those with no previous exposure. It is about helping people live a more balanced and mindful life. Research has shown that activities such as yoga and mindfulness meditation can vastly improve the lives of adolescents by helping them to develop self-awareness and confidence. They offer improved cardiovascular fitness and overall health, better posture, reduced stress, increased strength and flexibility, and more joy and harmony in living. The barn is a remarkable addition to the Academy, as weekend and evening classes are offered and various athletic teams and leadership classes use the space for yoga and mindfulness exercises.
This is another way Suffield is distinguishing itself from other schools—by seeing a need for stepping aside from constant overload and thinking clearly. It helps enhance overall productivity, health, and happiness.Charlie Cahn, Head of School